Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Grieving has left a touching floral tribute to ABC host Russell Woolf and left flowers on his beloved red scooter after he suddenly died Monday night.

Woolf’s death led to a stream of tributes from across the country on Tuesday after it was announced in the air by colleague Geoff Hutchison.

The ABC radio host’s love for the red Piaggio scooter was well known, and it remains parked in his West Leederville street the day after his death, sending shock waves throughout WA’s media industry.

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White and red roses adorn the bike where it is parked on the edge, where a mourner even chose to leave a bottle of Peroni beer in the footrest.

Hutchison said Tuesday that Woolf’s death had come as a “huge shock” to his colleagues on ABC.

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Hutchison said he would remember Woolf for being “bigger than life and big and funny and accommodating,” who made friends wherever he went.

“He knew he was loved, but what I used to find great with him … we tease him sometimes with his assessments, but he had more friends than all of us,” he said.

Friends and neighbors have laid flowers on the scooter that belonged to the late ABC host Russell Woolf.
Camera iconFriends and neighbors have laid flowers on the scooter that belonged to the late ABC host Russell Woolf. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The Western Australian

Premier Mark McGowan attended the tribute to Woolf on Tuesday, while former co-host Nadia Mitsopolous wrote a touching piece about her “incredibly talented colleague and extremely loyal friend”.

“The breadth and sincerity of the grief over Russell says it all about his infinite ability for friendship,” she wrote.

Russell Woolf died in his sleep Monday night.
Camera iconRussell Woolf died in his sleep Monday night. Credit: Matt Jelonek/The Western Australian

“He was immediately a partner with everyone he met. Those who only listened to him on the radio considered themselves friends.

“I loved having him as my sidekick. He had an infinite ability to make you smile and an infectious laugh that instantly infected everyone around him with happiness.”

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